The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, were in disarray on Thursday, as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubril and its Secretary Senator Adolphus Wabara disagreed over the submission of an investigative report.
The chieftains before speaking with newsmen contradicted each other on the status of a report of the committee that investigated why PDP members in the House of Representatives elected Mr Ndudi Elumelu as Minority Leader, against the party’s choice of Mr. Kingsley Chinda.
The Chairman of BoT stated that the board received the report of the five-man committee set up to investigate Elumelu’s emergence as Minority Leader in the house.
Jubril, however, stated that the committee is yet to submit the report to the National Working Committee of the party.
Jubril said: “We have received the report from the Ayu committee but we have not submitted it to the NWC because we are still deliberating on it and we have not taken a decision on it yet.”
The BoT Secretary Wabara, however, countered his statement and claimed that the Board had submitted the report to the NWC.
Wabara said: “We have considered the report and we have submitted the report on Elumelu to the NWC”.
This was followed by muffled disagreement between the two elderly party chieftains.
The disagreement dragged between the PDP chieftains till the end of the meeting, the leadership of the party in its reaction issued a statement regarding the disputed report.
The party in a statement through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the NWC had not received the said report from the BoT.
The statement reads in full: “In the light of public enquiries and conflicting reports on the position of the leadership of our great party on issues related to the minority leadership of the House of Representatives”
“The National Working Committee (NWC) hereby clarifies that it has not yet received any report from the Board of Trustees (BoT) concerning the outcome of the five-member committee it set up to intervene on the contentious matter.”
“Consequently, the NWC maintains that it has not taken any decision to review its subsisting stance on the minority leadership of the House of Representatives.”
“The NWC therefore urges critical stakeholders, party members and the general public to completely disregard any report to the contrary”.